Deputy who shot, killed Seminole man was working for drug court

Authorities Tuesday clarified details about an officer-involved shooting that killed a Seminole man Saturday. A deputy working for the Seminole County drug court was trying to serve a warrant. The son of the man wanted on the warrant confronted the deputy with a knife and was shot and killed.
BY BRYAN DEAN bdean@opubco.com Published: August 28, 2012
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Authorities haven't released the name of an officer who shot and killed a man Saturday while trying to serve a warrant, but Seminole County Sheriff Shannon Smith said Tuesday it was one of his deputies who works for the county's drug court.

Aaron Palmer, 24, died after he confronted the deputy with a knife, officials said. The deputy was trying to serve a drug court warrant on his father, Randall Palmer, at 1931 Killingsworth Ave.

Randall Palmer fled the scene and was arrested Sunday by a drug task force in Shawnee, Smith said. He was moved to the Seminole County jail Tuesday where he is being held on $100,000 bail for the warrant, issued because he did not comply with a drug court performance contract. Palmer also is being held on a complaint of failure to appear in court.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is looking into the shooting, and Smith referred all questions surrounding the investigation to OSBI agents. The deputy involved is on administrative leave while the investigation is ongoing.

According to a statement from the OSBI, the deputy knocked on the door about 7 p.m. Saturday and Aaron Palmer answered and confronted him with a knife. The deputy fired once, hitting Palmer in the chest. He was taken to a hospital in Shawnee where he later died.

The district attorney will decide whether the shooting was justified after OSBI agents complete their investigation.


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